Entry from British & World English dictionary
A spider of a kind that builds orb webs. Many species are large and brightly coloured, and wait either in the centre of the web or in a retreat at the edge.
- For instance, the nocturnal orb-web spider locates artificial light sources and constructs webs close to these lights, which also attract high numbers of flying insects.
- Here, we investigate the adaptive value of cannibalism in the orb-web spider Nephila plumipes where 60% of males do not survive copulation.
- The best data to date are probably those of Smith, who directly measured flying insect abundance near colonies of orb-web spiders and found that aggregations occurred in areas of high prey availability.
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